And Customization Continues…

Written By- Namrata Jaiswal

Guided By- Ms. Monika Malik

An internship is all about gaining hands-on experience, but due to COVID-19, anything” hands-on” is off for now. But today more and more business have gone online, so I thought I would start a virtual internship.

I joined an internship as a pattern maker by making some customized garments. Custom-made garments, whether couture or everyday outfits, are a significant part of our dressmaking heritage. Customized clothing is measured to fit. Anyone who wants to look good knows good fit means everything. Fitting is an important key element which shows off your body in the most flattering way. In customized clothing it is important to know the body type of your customer.

Virtual internship is not an easy task for me as a beginner, I faced lot’s of problems. But its a good learning experience. I want to share the results of my customized dresses. It makes the learning process more fun, and makes the inevitable mistakes feel more like an important lesson rather than a big failure.

I started with my own customize dress.

  • A-line Kurta: I made a kurta with yoke and cuff. I also did couching on the yoke and made ball buttons for the centre front opening.
Self Made Garment
  • Kurta and Garara Set: I didn’t make lots of dresses this year, but one that really stood out was the garara dress. I made a sleeveless kurta and a flared garara  from my mom’s old saree. Such a fun dress to make and wear.

Made from this old saree:-

Old Saree
Final Product
  • Anarkali Dress: Oh, and here is the big one – Anarkali dress. I made an anarkali dress for a client. I had so much fun working on this project and I have learned so much about clients needs and how to fulfil them..  Love the flare  and all the detailing of this dress.
My Client
  • Full sleeve kurta with kurta pant: I made a green full sleeve kurta using a brocade fabric and green kurta-pant with silk taffeta fabric. Customer was very happy with the fit of the garment.
My Client
  • I also made a yellow cotton suit (kurta with kurta-pant set)
My Client
  • 4 darted blouse: I also made a 4 darted blouse. I can say from my personal experience that it’s not easy to make a 4 darted blouse. I made it 3 times and it was the 4th time where I got satisfactory results.
4 Darted Blouse

With this remote fashion internship, I have gained valuable real-world experience with increased flexibility and freedom. Communication and time-management skills, as well as knowledge of virtual collaborative platforms, are key to succeeding in a remote fashion role.

Overall, this has been a really good year for me. I almost hesitate to say this because I know so many people have struggled in this year. But since I took my first step towards my professional career, it makes a special year for me. For me, 2020 was a year of being brave and making myself a priority. My advice for all of you is “just try it & see what happens.”

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INTERNSHIP: ON-FIELD EXPERIENCE

Written By- Nikita Rajani

[Guided by-Asst. Prof. Monika Malik]

Introduction

This time of pandemic was the toughest for all of us and each one was dealing with some or the other issues. I had to deal with finding an internship. Now, finding an internship during the pandemic was not an easy task to begin with, but fortunately I got one. This was a short internship which was for 2 weeks. So, here I present my blog to share my precious experience on very my own personal internship that was from 22-Feb-2021 till 8-March-2021.

Designing Process

When I was traveling for the first day of my internship, I was anxious and nervous. It was a local production house “FTWEAR” located in Pardesipura, Indore. This production house produces Indo-western Party-wear range for girls of 6-14 years age group. I learnt about the production process starting from the beginning to an end. Basically, it summed up the whole designing process for me in this span of 2 weeks. Designs were self-designed by the head of department. After selecting some of the best designs, the samples were created in-house. Right before the bulk production starts, the required changes were to be implemented on the samples for the final run.

(Image source-Clicked by me)

 Unlike the large production houses, here each worker was getting the number of pieces to be stitched. After the basic stitching, the accessorizing, the fasteners like zippers, hook, button, etc. were added to the garments.

 Garment Costing

Producing bulk of garment is tough job and so it is important to calculate the cost of one garment. While doing so it is necessary to keep in mind all the components of garment which involves fabric, trims, accessories, labor cost, machines with profit % and other expenses required to make one garment.

Stock Maintenance

After learning and working in this production house, the next most thing that I learned was about stock maintenance and. Believe it or not maintaining stock is a challenging task of all. Working in small/large scale production houses, one has to be good with numbers because stock sourcing and maintaining is the most important aspect of running a production house and ensuring a smooth designing process.

Packaging and Dispatching

 I also learned about the packaging and dispatching process like firstly the garments were ironed properly and being packed on boxes and then preparing the orders range-wise with address details of the buyers. I also had my hands on designing few garments in the form of sketches mostly for the rough part.

(Image source-Clicked by me)
Sketched by me
Sketched by me

Selling Season

The production house work before the festivity or selling season starts. Buyer buys 2 months before the festive season. For this, the bulk production starts 3 months in advance so that buyers can buy those designs prior to the festive season.

Waste garments

They also took major steps for controlling the wastage. They dispose-off the waste very responsibly and they sell the waste in per kilogram cost. Maybe the waste can be further used in making black cotton or mattress.

(Image source-Clicked by me)

(Image source-Clicked by me)

I must say working in the production house was a great learning experience for me. I learned about every minute detail, which answered all my questions involving production of bulk garments. It was a hectic work environment but getting answers to all my questions was surely a fulfilling experience. Looking forward to more such experiences I the coming journey of my career path.

Letter of Experience

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MY SHOW REEL

Written By- Annu Taneja

Guided By- Ast. Prof. Monika Malik.

Getting an audience is hard. Sustaining an audience is hard. It demands a consistency of thought, of purpose, and of action over a long period of time.

Bruce Springsteen

Social Media Influencing is what I love to do, but every since I have taken the decision of considering it as my profession we have been stuck in this deadly Pandemic. Keeping yourself motivated through tough times is one of the many steps towards success. And that’s exactly what I did during all this time.

As soon as lockdown was eased out, I started getting offers for shoots. Initially, I was too scared to go out in such a scenario, but I found my courage and grabbed the opportunities which came my way.

I started my year by collaborating with a Makeup Artist. She approached me via Instagram to be her model for a shoot. Have a look at the final photographs:-

I have also collaborated with a small jewellery brand called SHADES OF HAPPPINESS BY NEHA and here are the results:-

And then one of the most talented Photographer of my city approached me for a shoot. This was my golden opportunity and I grabbed it with open arms. I had such an amazing experience which can never be described in words. I saw a different side of myself which I thought never existed. I guess the Quote “Moving out of your comfort zone and trying out new things is the best way to grow” makes so much sense to me now. I feel extremely proud of myself for doing something which I usually wouldn’t have thought of.

Final Photographs:-

Captured By- Anurag Shastri [ Instagram- @awarraa_hoon ]
Captured By- Anurag Shastri [ Instagram- @awarraa_hoon ]
Captured By- Anurag Shastri [ Instagram- @awarraa_hoon ]

I also shared my experience with an Instagram post. Have a look:-

Fashion has always been my first love and the passion I have towards Styling is unmatchable. Instagram recently added a new feature known as REELS. I decided to take the upmost advantage of the feature and started posting fashion reels on my feed. I have been consistent with my work and I have received my results, I gained 300 followers in a month. My reach is better then before, I have started getting more and Infact some really good collaborations to look forward to.

Links to my Reels:-

All I can say is, this is just my beginning. I am glad all of this content is shot and edited by me without any help. I have learned so much about the right lighting, angles, space designing, the art of choosing the right music and many more such things. I am extremely determined towards my goal and I have chosen my path, i.e., CONSISTENCY to achieve it.

Follow me on Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/stylewati/ [ @stylewati ]

I hope you learned something from my experience so far….!!!

So, NEVER SAY NEVER and Grab that opportunity before its gone…!!!

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My First Boutique Client

Written By- Namrata Jaiswal

Guided By-Ms. Monika Malik

The most courageous act is still to think for yourself aloud- well said by Coco Chanel.

Following the same line of thinking I had exciting yet slightly anxious experience of making a client happy. With the very first order, I received in the amidst of covid.

This client who came up to me had a requirement of a quirky Anarkali dress for her pre wedding occasion, a ceremony called “Roka”. I want to preface by saying that this experience was not necessarily a tutorial but the whole process from learning the client’s needs till the finished product was delivered, turned out to be a great learning experience.

It all started with a phone call a month back when one of my closest friend expressed her desire to have a fabulous Anarkali for her sister’s most important day. And she was struggling to find the similar design which she had on her mind. So, I suggested her that customization is the solution. She approached me if I could help her put the ensemble together and without giving a second thought I said yes to her. I looked forward to customize her dream piece at the same time, I had butterflies in my stomach because this was a huge responsibility for me and I knew that I was ready to meet the expectations of my client. So, I had a conversation with her sister just to know my client better. After learning her side of requirement I analyzed her needs and started referencing the designs for her Anarkali dress.

Keeping her body type in mind I shortlisted the cuts and shape which would be favorable for her. Also simultaneously I took her measurement, and then went to the local market in Indore to gather the fabrics, trims and other essential items for my client’s desired dress.

FABRICS

FOR EMBELLISHMENT

As soon as the referencing and sourcing part got over, I started drafting the pattern on brown paper as per my client’s measurement.

Back
Front

To remove all wrinkles, fabric was steam ironed properly and then laid out on the work space placing the pattern draft on fabric in order to cut the fabric.

LINING:

Image Source: Done by myself
Image Source: Done by myself
Image Source: Done by myself

MAIN FABRIC:

Image Source: Done by myself
Image Source: Done by myself
Image Source: Done by myself

The compilation of my construction process is briefly put together in this montage.

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1kD_varZ0gj1ufxH65Uw34F94_2Ba0k8b/view

Some of my working skills are as follows

Image Source: My work
Image Source: My work

The major difficulty I faced during the construction process was, making gathers from 8 meter of fabric was not an easy task. Managing the volume of 8 meter of fabric with such a first hand experience was a great learning for me. After putting the volume together with the main bodice and putting all pieces sewed together it turned out to be a beautiful upper garment, nearly as close to I expected it. Putting a dori and customized latkan beautifully completed the overall garment.

After the upper garment was ready, I started sticking beads on the hem of the anarkali and on the duptta. Then I sewed a beautiful silver lace over the edge of duptta to complete the ensemble. With this the construction process was completed.

Now another task was to package it properly like a professional. Therefore I ironed the anarkali and packed it for shipping. As soon as the dress dispatched all I did was eagerly waited for my client response.

After a couple of day’s she received her order, I was thrilled and moved by her response. She not only loved the dress but in fact told me that this is exactly what ‘dreams- turned into reality’ looks like.

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Client
Client feedback

And after receiving her reaction, I gained a great deal of confident towards my professional goal. I was not only happy but thrilled to go through the entire process and butterflies in my stomach were so worth it.

I hope you had a great experience while reading about my experience…..

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Chill Behind The Scenes

behind the scenes
Image Source: https://isuwannee.com/2015/10/behind-scenes-7.html

Written By- Annu Taneja

Guided By- [ ASST. PROF. MONIKA MALIK]

People are vulnerable behind the scenes. The front of the camera and the back of it are two entirely different worlds. The front portrays beauty and calmness but the back is hot, angry, messy and what not!! We all know how beautiful everything looks on social media, RIGHT? But have you ever given a thought about what and who makes it look that perfect and beautiful? Let me share my learnings.

Recently I was offered an internship of a product stylist. Basically, my job was to handle the creative photography of the products. Products were Women Bags including Clutches and Potlis. I had to make sure that the photos turns out elegant and eye pleasing. This was a weekend based small internship.

Products

On the first day of my internship, I didn’t knew what I was doing and what’s happening at all, it was so overwhelming. I came back home unsure about myself and my career choices, but I didn’t give up.

Day 1

I then started doing some research, studied more and more about product styling, do’s & don’ts and what not. The next day I went to the studio well prepared, with all my props I knew I will be needing. That day I was well aware of what’s happening around me, and I was so active and well prepared, just knew what I had to do.

What I learned from this experience is always do your research and go well prepared with all your props, because props are everything. Choosing the right prop is also a task because it will either enhance your product 100times or will make it look extremely dull. I’ve also learned the importance of perfect lighting and how much it matter. Thanks to elements & principles of design, studying this particular subject made it so much easier for me to style these products beautifully while keeping all the design elements in mind.

Have a look at the final outcomes:

Captured By – Rahul Thakkar / Edited By- Himanshu Singh / Product Styling- Annu Taneja
Captured By – Rahul Thakkar / Edited By- Himanshu Singh / Product Styling- Annu Taneja
Captured By – Rahul Thakkar / Edited By- Himanshu Singh / Product Styling- Annu Taneja
Captured By – Rahul Thakkar / Edited By- Himanshu Singh / Product Styling- Annu Taneja

Overall it was such an amazing learning experience for me, I have learned so much and most importantly I have learned what really happens behind the scenes. I look forward to more of such fun and creative experiences in the future…!!!

Until then…..Don’t forget to style it as you like it ❤

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